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Rubber processing centre inaugurated, Nagaland could become Kerala of North East; remarks RBI (Assam)
Published on 7 Jun. 2010 1:14 AM IST
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A rubber processing centre was inaugurated at Bagthy valley on June 5 with additional director, land resources development Mhathung Yanthan as the chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, additional director deliberated on socio-economic upliftment of the rural population through farming and stated that rubber plantation was one of them.
Although districts in Nagaland have taken up rubber plantation, Yanthan said it was encouraging that progressive farmers were paving ways for the upcoming rubber farmers.
Development Officer, Rubber Board of India (RBI)Assam Bopin who spoke at the function said only 15 % of rubber plantable area has been covered in the North-East.
He remarked that looking at the foothills of Nagaland, with favourable soil and climatic conditions, Nagaland had the potential for rubber plantations. He expressed that if the present trend continued, within few years Nagaland could become the Kerala of North-East.
Also speaking at the function, additional development officer RBI (A) Borthakor highlighted that rubber plantation was taken up only in late 1990s with joint intervention of Land Resources Development Nagaland and Rubber Board of India.
He noted that the present scenario of rubber plantation under Wokha district was remarkable.
Meanwhile, rubber growing society Bagthy valley expressed gratitude to all officers in the inaugural programme and maintained that rubber farming would be carried out in larger scale with a view to promote the socio-economic status of the people for which the society requested the state government for further intervention.
The programme was organised by Rubber Growers Society Bagthy valley where 80 farmers from different villages attended the inaugural programme with members of rubber growers’ society.

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